• Additional Resources to Support K-12 Learning Environment Model

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  • Learning Environment Resources

    Launch: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student

    by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani 

    Something happens in students when they define themselves as makers and inventors and creators.

    They discover powerful skills—problem-solving, critical thinking, and imagination—that will help them shape the world’s future … our future.


    Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World

    by Tony Wagner 

    In this groundbreaking book, education expert Tony Wagner provides a powerful rationale for developing an innovation-driven economy. He explores what parents, teachers, and employers must do to develop the capacities of young people to become innovators. In profiling compelling young American innovators  such as Kirk Phelps, product manager for Apple’s first iPhone, and Jodie Wu, who founded a company that builds bicycle-powered maize shellers in Tanzania, Wagner reveals how the adults in their lives nurtured their creativity and sparked their imaginations, while teaching them to learn from failures and persevere. Wagner identifies a pattern—a childhood of creative play leads  to deep-seated interests, which in adolescence and adulthood blossom into a deeper purpose for career and life goals. Play, passion, and purpose: these are the forces that drive young innovators.


    Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era

    by Tony Wagner 

    Today more than ever, we prize academic achievement, pressuring our children to get into the “right” colleges, have the highest GPAs, and pursue advanced degrees. But while students may graduate with credentials, by and large they lack the competencies needed to be thoughtful, engaged citizens and to get good jobs in our rapidly evolving economy. Our school system was engineered a century ago to produce a work force for a world that no longer exists. Alarmingly, our methods of schooling crush the creativity and initiative young people need to thrive in the twenty-first century.

    In Most Likely to Succeed, Tony Wagner and venture capitalist Ted Dintersmith call for a complete overhaul of the function and focus of American schools, sharing insights and stories from the front lines, including profiles of successful students, teachers, parents, and business leaders.

    Most Likely to Succeed presents a new vision of American education, one that puts wonder, creativity, and initiative at the very heart of the learning process and prepares students for today’s economy. This book offers parents and educators a crucial guide to getting the best for their children and a roadmap for policymakers and opinion leaders.


    From the Campfire to the Holodeck: Creating Engaging and Powerful 21st Century Learning Environments

    by David Thornburg

    Thornburg is a futurist, author and consultant and he comes to educational theory from an interesting background.  He worked at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center as an engineer in the 1970s and got to see firsthand how technology and space worked together for learning and innovation.  He first proposed his ideas of learning space and educational theory through Campfires in Cyberspace in 1996.


    Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration

    by Scott Doorley & Scott Witthoft 

    Make Space (John Wiley & Sons, 2012) is a book by Scott Doorley & Scott Witthoft based on the work of our Environments Collaborative – the team who designed and developed the d.school space.

    It is a tool for helping people intentionally manipulate space to ignite creativity.


    Blueprint for Tomorrow: Redesigning Schools for Student-Centered Learning

    by Prakash Nair 


    The Third Teacher: 79 Ways You Can Use Design to Transform Teaching and Learning

    by Cannon Design, VS Furniture, and Bruce Mau Design


    Project Based Learning Design and Coaching Guide:  Expert Tools for Innovation and Inquiry for K-12 Educators

    by Ph. D. Thom Markham 


    The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity

    by George Couros 

Last Modified on June 3, 2020